Swap Meet Score: Lief Sacred Night

The adorable Rachel, who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time during ILD, held a swap meet this past weekend. She rents office space in the city for her start up and it was such a fantastic spot for the event, especially in the winter time. We were tucked away safe and sound indoors away from creepers ogling over us. More impressive was how many people came and went during the event. Its super hard to coordinate something like this in NYC where we have so many lolitas. I do hope she enjoyed it and will host another in the future. For my first time selling, I think I did well. Sold 2 dresses, a skirt, a blouse and a bag.

lief sacred night styled more otome kei than gothic

And with cash in hand, from one of the dresses I sold, I instantly reinvested in this beauty. Christine, whom I admire so much, arrived with a suitcase full to the brim and with her own clothing rack!! Here I was camped on the floor across from her, eyeing each piece as she pulled it from the case, put it on a hanger, and added it to her little pop up shop. What I didn’t know was how badly I needed this dress until she pulled it from her bottomless bag. I hadn’t come across it before. Enter Lief Sacred Night into my life.

What do I love about it? First, its velveteen which I adore for its softness. Next, its long so there will be no tall girl issues with this jem. And third, I am a total sucker for high contrast so the bold black print against the white base really speaks to me. Oh yeah, and did I mention gothic architecture!!

Google says the typical styling for this dress is either a black or a red blouse. Phooey to that. How about an otome-esq, casual, stripe cutsew instead. {Sheri sifts through her wardrobe… check.} And to put my personal spin on it how about soft pink accessories that say winter. Fur handbag, ok. Neko mimi beret, sounds good. Hello cute pink and black coordinate. I think I am ready to celebrate the New Year in style now :3

Sweetie’s Challenge: Handmade Ouji Vest Part 1

While waiting for parcels to finish my other blouse, this weekend I dove into the world of making menswear. And we have named this adventure, “Royal Order of the White Rabbit.” The concept is to have layers of cream but with very royal details such as the military braid and the lush raised velvet arabesque in the main fabric. OK Sheri so if it is about the “white” rabbit why is it cream? Well most white bunnies I have encountered aren’t exactly pure white so I am sticking with it.

Work in Progress

handmade kodona ouji velvet brocade vest tail coat

I made significant changes to this Butterick pattern. Always start with a muslin draft folks!!! The armholes on the pattern were just dreadful so trimmed them back and made modifications to the fit of the shoulder.  Then took it in a bit on the sides. Also removed a few inches from the front and drafted the inset vest panels. The biggest challenge was figuring out how to ensure a professional finish as the pattern was unlined. There are 3 seams inside that I didn’t properly think through in my mind first so can correct for that on the next vest by splitting the back lining at the waist. The tail flaps and the front seams all turned out crisp and nice which was the key objective.

belgian medal of civic service and french macaron fabric details of this kadona vest

Still a ways to go and finish up. Need to make the button holes, finish the arm holes, add the collar, and add pockets for some extra distinction. Then it will be onto making the ouji/kodona breeches. Not as worried about those as I have made shorts for the Boy in the past. But still, need to ensure all the details come out just right.

Oh and how can I forget, it took a few searches, but finally found a plain, cream, wool tricorn on eBay. Originally I assumed we would buy a brand hat for him, but since I’m at it might as well make a matching one to complete the look. Spent more than I would have liked, but it appears to be well made and is a blank slate so that I can decorate it to my liking.

no ouji look would be complete without a proper hat so a wool tricorn is added to the project list